This is New Delhi
for you. Flyovers are mushrooming all across the city, the Delhi Metro is
setting a new pace of life for commuters, and the city is hosting the 2010
Commonwealth Games. Swanky lounge bars cast their spell late into the night,
restaurants offer cuisines from around the world, and a constant parade of
fashions… the signs of Delhi turning cosmopolitan.
But the city
continues to exert its traditional charm. The pull of history is as strong as
evidenced by the medieval monuments that strew its landscape, besides the
British legacy of Lutyen’s Delhi. Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) is a maze of
narrow serpentine lanes lined with shops dealing in antiques, aromatic spices
and jewellery, amidst vendors who peddle wholesale paper, used car parts and
almost anything imaginable. Chandni Chowk is the avenue that leads into the
heart of this bazaar-o-dream world. The Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque,
is a walk away as are Fatehpuri Masjid, Town Hall, and several other majestic
structures. Lutyen’s Delhi with its tree-lined boulevards lead to the
Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Secretariat, India Gate and the Parliament building –
seats of power, confirming its status as the national capital.
A cultural and
intellectual hub, Delhi has a lot to offer. Besides many historical monuments
that dot the city, there are a number of museums that make for an interesting
visit. The art scene in Delhi has evolved over the last couple of years. The
historic National Gallery of Modern Art near India Gate is a must visit and
houses a great collection. A number of other art galleries, chiefly located in
South Delhi, may be visited for affordable contemporary art..
Tel: 2745803. Held the year round, except during the monsoons (July-August).
Major hotels arrange tickets for the show. Timings change according to season.
There are two shows every evening – in Hindi and English. Tickets Rs. 20 for
1st class, Rs. 10 for 2nd class.
The sound and light show here is a major tourist attraction. Held through the
year. Call Delhi Tourism for confirmation of timings.
his Vision-Nehru Pavilion
Pragati Maidan, 4 pm. (Monday closed).
Dances of India
(Daily) Parsi Anjuman Hall, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
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